European Commission investigates plans for Antequera test train line

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THE European commission is launching an investigation into Spain’s application for more than €350 million in EU Regional Development funding to build a test centre for high-speed trains in Antequera.

The investigation will determine whether the centre, which attracted considerable local opposition from communities in the area, is truly eligible for EU funding, which is supposed to support projects with a genuine common interest.

If approved, the centre’s 55-kilometre test train line would include a variety of structures that simulate train lines throughout Spain, including a viaduct and tunnels.

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Also in doubt is Spanish authorities’ willingness to allow all EU countries to access the test centre and whether necessary additional private investment can be found for the project.

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